Sep 18 2017

Police Apprehend Suspect Using License Plate Reader Systems

Suspect: TATIANA TIA, 20 years old, Sacramento resident

Location: 1900 block of Oakland Avenue

Date/Time: September 12, 2017 around 9:30 am

Charges: Identity theft (5 counts); possession of fraudulent driver licenses; possession of stolen property.

SYNOPSIS: Piedmont Police Officers responded to the 1900 block of Oakland Avenue after a concerned citizen reported a suspicious vehicle with Nevada license plates making several passes in the neighborhood. Police responded to the area, but did not locate the vehicle.

Utilizing Piedmont Police Department’s license plate reader system, the suspicious vehicle was identified and found to be a rental car. Officers continued to search the surrounding area and located the vehicle on Hardwick Avenue near Oakland Avenue. The vehicle was occupied by TATIANA TIA. TIA provided several false statements to police. Officers sought and were granted permission to search TIA’s vehicle and purse.

Found inside the purse were several fake California driver licenses, numerous credit cards in the names of five different individuals, and sales receipts from stores in Sacramento, Richmond, Oakland, and San Rafael. TIA was arrested and brought to the Piedmont Police Department.

Suspect later provided a statement to officers admitting to knowingly possessing and using the credit cards to purchase services and goods totaling over $10,000.00 since July of 2017.

With the assistance of investigators from the Sacramento Police Department and San Francisco Police Department, four out of the five identity theft victims have been identified and contacted.

TIA’s first court appearance in Alameda County is September 14, 2017. She has no prior arrests in Alameda County.

Piedmont Police Department – 403 Highland Avenue ▪ Piedmont, CA 94611 ▪ Phone (510) 420-3000 ▪ Fax (510) 420-1121

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